「SAO失敗者」 (SAO Shippaisha)
Even though things seem to be inching toward ridiculousness, bless Karen for being one of the rare people in the SAO Universe to actively question the ridiculously preposterous situations the story likes to throw at us.
After a one week break (if you missed it, last week’s episode was a recap or 0.5 episode), SAOA:GGO makes its triumphant post-sj return! A return that, all things considered, left me with some conflicted feelings about where the story is going. However, I think we can all agree that based on how things are going, it looks like we’re about to embark on one hell of a ride.
Starting things off, let’s talk about the ridiculous situation that Pito and M are in. Besides missing a few screws (or rather a lot of screws) when it comes to their perception of the world, I’m not sure how I feel about the story somewhat shoehorning in elements from the original SAO series here. Seeing how Karen has done a great job at differentiating herself from the associated drama that comes whenever someone dares to utter the name “Kirito”, I was feeling a little bummed when things started to really focus on the idea of death based on events happening from within the game. Luckily, Karen managed to save the whole situation by being just as skeptical as I was. Because if we’re being genuinely honest here, I don’t think there’s a single person who would openly accept what Goushi said at face value especially when you consider how he delivered his pitch. At the end of the day though, I suppose this all makes sense since not only is this a show based in the SAO universe, but it looks like the story is finally addressing the insane looking Pito we see in the opening sequence.
With that off my chest, let’s switch over to the six new girls who joined the group! Six new girls who, even though I don’t have much to say about them, I’m glad exist since it’s been fantastic getting to see Karen interact with someone besides Miyu. Because as important as it is for LLENN to be a badass sharpshooter with P-chan, I think there’s a lot of value in Karen getting opportunities to show us how she’s growing as a character that’s getting over her height-complex.
Overall, not too bad of an episode for SAOA:GGO to return on. With a second Squad Jam coming and the stakes a lot higher than before, I can’t wait to see things play out with all of our major players about to enter a deathmatch against each other. Luckily it looks like Miyu will be joining up with Karen and based on that short little scene at the end of the episode, I’m excited to see just how she performs in GGO. See you then!